This year the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will celebrate World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) on 7th October by highlighting the work of unions in winning equality for all at work.
According to the International Labour Organisation, decent work sums up the aspirations all people have for their working lives. This includes a fair income with security and social protection, basic rights, equality of opportunity and treatment, prospects for personal development and to have one’s voice heard.
To mark World Day for Decent Work, the IFJ is highlighting the need to establish the core principles of equality for all workers in the media industry. This implies that all workers should receive the same treatment and enjoy decent work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
The IFJ and its affiliates are speaking out against any discrimination in the workplace on the basis of age, race, religion, disability or gender. Recruitment, wage, promotion and retirement procedures should be transparent and abide by the equality principles.
The IFJ Equality in the workplace check list enables unions and workers to carry out an evaluation of management practices in their workplace as a first step to taking action to address the equality deficit.
IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said:
“The first condition to ensure equality at work is that workers must be represented by a union both individually and collectively and work relations should be governed by collective agreements. And this should apply to all media, including online. We call on all our affiliates to make a strong call for equality on World Day for Decent Work.”
The IFJ has published case studies that highlights how unions’ work has strengthened equality in the media. All material for #WDDW is available here.